The worst thing about a big ol’ boombox is how fast they chew through batteries. Plus – where those batteries eventually end up. The Rukus Solar is a Bluetooth sound system with a built-in solar panel. Could there be any boombox better for the beach? Or the landfill? Available April 2012.
GreenZero Chargers for your mobile device are more than just a cool looking charger. Its unique design turns off as soon as your device is fully charged which eliminates stand-by energy consumption. To turn it back on just give the big green button a kick. Did you even know about stand-by energy consumption? Now you do, so save yourself. Also available in a travel size shown above in black.
This compact UV water purifier gives you one more reason to stop consuming those horrible Single Use Plastic (SUP) bottles. Since UV rays kill 99% of bacteria, viruses, and other stuff like Montezuma’s revenge, you can now safely drink water from the tap or any other source previously deemed sketchy.
Stuff sacks are cool ’cause they’re easy to pack: Just stuff stuff in. This one from Killspencer is made from upcycled surplus military parachute fabric.
Instead of worrying about what toxins are leeching into your drink from your bottle, ditch plastic all together and go for glass. This double-wall insulated food-grade, BPA-free bottle leeches nothing. It also features a handy, removable tea strainer for all you tea heads.
Honda’s Civic and Insight hybrids are doing nothing to evolve the hybrid car from its current status as the dorky weakling of the freeway. But Honda is the first to introduce a hybrid snowblower. Like the cars, a gas engine charges back-up batteries for the electric drivetrain however, unlike the cars, this thing looks like it’s actually got some nuts. Source
In many instances, low-tech beats high tech. Your little lists on Post-Its and scrap paper all end up in the trash. And your digital reminders & “to-dos” seem to always get lost in the vortex. This chalkboard tablet made entirely of reclaimed oak is better than both. It keeps you on task without creating waste and unlike the screen on your phone, it’s actually pleasing to the eye. Each tablet includes a Koh-I-Noor chalk pencil.
The more stuff we use that’s made from upcycling junk and cast off consumer goods, the better. A beer opener made from an old bicycle gear cog is one less piece of metal garbage being plowed into the ground. We should all drink to that.
Motorcyclists are rightfully skeptical of the electrics. Most are underpowered, have limited range, and above all, they look weird. But that’s all changing. Case in point, The Volta BCN, which will hit the showroom in 2012. It’s got lots of torque, 70km range and actually looks like a motorcycle. Sweet!
The makers of Boss Radios are dealing in ‘bent technology’ or ‘revitalized vintage.’ They take old, antique clock radios and convert them into plug-and-play digital music players. Re-fitted with new speakers, circuitry and a plug for your mp3 unit, they take your tunes back to the future.